Carrageenans are polysaccharides extracted from seaweed that form gels at room temperature. They are widely used in topical products as thickeners and stablisers
There are many types each producing a gel of varying viscosity, with different properties under different conditions.
Iota Carrageenan produces a clear, soft, elastic gel that is generally stable to acids but it is best used above pH 3.5. It will for a gel in either hot or cold water but works much faster at hotter temperatures. For efficient gelling, slurry then add to your water phase at 60-80°C or use high shear to incorporate.
Carrageenan works well with acacia gum and other thickeners.
This product is intended for external use only